The day I took this photo was one of the most memorable days of my life related to photography. That was the day when I drove around San Francisco like a maniac, trying to hit and photograph as many locations as possible before flying back to Canada. I described that day in details in this post What to See and Photograph in San Francisco If You Only Have 2 Hours which happens to me one of the most popular articles on this blog.
In recent years, I have visited San Francisco on many occasions but I never had chance to visit Point Bonita Lighthouse. The day I took this photo the bridge to lighthouse was under construction, the other time the access through the tunnel, which leads to the lighthouse, was completely closed and on my last trip I simply did not have time. But I am still hoping to take few shots of San Francisco from Point Bonita.
Processing for HDR
Once again I employed hybrid processing where I used Photomatix to process 3 brackets for HDR and it did amazing job with the foreground elements and the water but it completely ruined the sky. I had to process one of original RAW brackets in Lightroom, concentrating on sky only and letter blend everything together in Photoshop using masking technique.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 30mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 bracketed shots to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, contrast, vibrance.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)
- Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (cliff, lighthouse, bridge)